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  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/01/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 144 replies
    http://www.catholic-convert.com/ ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church. The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church. No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church....
  • As Number of Seminarians Surges, Madison Diocese Seeks $30M to Fund Priest Training

    03/01/2015 9:24:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 3/1/15 | Doug Erickson
    Midway through the Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, the service took a sharp turn toward fundraising. Monsignor Daniel Ganshert, the parish priest, told parishioners that for years, people in the Madison Catholic Diocese had been praying for more men to be called by God to the priesthood. The Holy Spirit has responded, Ganshert announced jubilantly. There are now 33 seminarians, or priests-in-training, up from six in 2003 when Bishop Robert Morlino arrived. But that increase comes with responsibility, Ganshert said. The diocese needs $30 million to educate current and future seminarians — “a serious chunk of...
  • The Christian Life, and how it is to be lived

    03/01/2015 4:32:57 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 15 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 03/01/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Christian LifeAnd How It Is To Be Lived   "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me"...
  • Oil Company Hit Man Has Archbishop Cordileone in His Sights

    02/28/2015 8:40:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/27/15 | Kevin Jones
    San Francisco, Calif., Feb 27, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to indigenous people for the company’s alleged pollution damage to the Amazon. Now he’s been hired to attack San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He even wants Pope Francis to do his work. Everyone is praying that the Pope will remove the San Francisco Archbishop and these priests,” Singer said in a Google+ post on Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday. A revolution is...
  • What About Henry VIII?

    02/27/2015 7:44:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 2/26/15 | Cardinal George Pell
    Interestingly, Jesus’ hard teaching that “what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–35). It is true that Jesus did not condemn the adulterous woman who was threatened with death by stoning, but he did not tell her to keep up her good work, to continue unchanged in her ways. He told her to sin no more (see Jn 8:1–11). One insurmountable barrier for those advocating a new doctrinal and pastoral discipline for the reception of Holy Communion is the...
  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame President, Dies at 97

    02/27/2015 1:35:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/27/15 | Nick Anderson
    The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97. A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed the death and said the cause was not immediately known. Father Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, was considered one of the most important university leaders of the past century. On his watch, the Midwestern school once known mainly for Fighting Irish football became...
  • Archdiocese [of San Francisco] releases statement on church teachings, practice in high schools

    02/27/2015 7:59:26 AM PST · by annalex · 24 replies
    San Francisco Archdiocese ^ | February 4th, 2015 | Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
    Archdiocese releases statement on church teachings, practice in high schools February 4th, 2015 The following document, titled “Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice of the Catholic Church,” will be included in the faculty handbook Aug. 1. We, the Archdiocesan High Schools, affirm that we are educational institutions of the Catholic Church, and as such strive to present Catholic doctrine in its fullness, and that we hold, believe and practice all that the Holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be true, whether from the natural moral law or by...
  • German Bishops Proclaim Their Revolution- They Are Not Just a Subsidiary of Rome

    02/26/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 2/26/15 | Christopher Gillibrand
    The German Bishops Conference addressed itself to a long process of talks about marriage and family by giving plenty of room for the local church. The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (Munich-Freising) underlined in the context of the Family Synod in autumn the efforts of the bishops for "new approaches" and to "help ensure that doors are opened". In the universal Church, there is "a certain expectation" of Germany. He hoped that some issues would be addressed before the Synod, Marx told journalists n Hildesheim on Tuesday. The Archbishop of Munich and Freising assumes after the...
  • Homeless man buried in Vatican cemetery

    02/26/2015 3:00:17 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 26, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From Crux:  Pope Francis was not involved in an early January decision to bury a homeless man in a Vatican cemetery, a spokesman said Wednesday; however, he would likely be pleased because it corresponds with his desire to make the poor a priority.Known by Vatican personnel for spending his days approaching pilgrims around St. Peter’s Basilica to tell them to go to confession and to pray daily, Willy Herteller, who was Flemish, died in Rome on Dec. 12 at the age of 80.He was buried in the Vatican’s small German cemetery, which is more commonly a final resting place for...
  • PRAYER REQUEST

    02/26/2015 12:11:10 PM PST · by knarf · 87 replies
    self ^ | February 26, 2015 | knarf
    Some of you may remember my grandson Bryson was born last October 8th, a month premature with Downs' Sundrome and a heart and bowel condition ....
  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11th of February 2015

    The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the 11th of February. On this important Feast Day, here are my thoughts: AT LOURDES AS THE IMMACULATE- The French Shrine of Lourdes is famous and known throughout the world. In this picturesque French Town which is at the foot of the Pyrenees, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Confirming the dogma proclaimed by Blessed Pope Pius, the Ninth four years earlier, the Mother of God spoke to the little visionary and presented herself as "The Immaculate Conception". She was required to go to the...
  • LENT - A TIME OF REDISCOVERY

    For the Church, Lent like Advent is a "powerful season" a season of waiting and preparing and therefore a time for sacrifice, repentance, and purification. But, in our hedonistic society of today these words seem to strike a rather discordant note. So, is it fair to ask : how do we speak today about sacrifice and how do we practice it ?? Lent lasts for 40 days - as many days as Jesus Christ spent in the desert before he took on his mission of salvation. 40 is a sacred number in the Bible : the Deluge lasted for 40...
  • THE FOOT OF THE CROSS BY FATHER FABER - AN EXCELLENT CATHOLIC CLASSIC FOR LENT AND FOR HOLY WEEK

    02/26/2015 1:02:19 AM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 8 replies
    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a Beautiful and Magnificent Catholic Classic. It is all about the "Sorrows of Mary". Mother Mary was the first disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Foot of the Cross. Father Faber explains each sorrow of Mary in great detail in this Book. NOTE TO READERS: The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a "MUST READ" Catholic Classic not only during Lent but also during Holy Week, specially on Good Friday. FYI - Pauly Fongemie is the webmaster of "Catholic Tradition:. Here...
  • Ghana Archbishop Makes 'Daring' Suggestion That 'Power of the Keys' Could Allow Remarriage

    02/25/2015 7:45:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    An archbishop from Ghana suggested that the Church might explore using “the power of the keys” to release spouses from their marital vows, in an interview with Aleteia. “It is daring to say what I’m saying,” acknowledged Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra. But he suggested that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops might explore the possibility that the Church could allow couples to remarry without an annulment. He did not specify how such a proposal could be reconciled with the Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage, and conceded that the Church could not contradict that teaching. Archbishop...
  • Notre Dame Considers Opening Satellite Campus – in China

    02/25/2015 6:33:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 2/23/15 | Alexandra DeSanctis
    Officials quiet about status of discussion after several scholars voice concernOfficials at the University of Notre Dame are contemplating opening a satellite campus in China, but the discussion has prompted concern among some faculty who say the notion runs afoul of the school’s Catholic identity and, if approved, would appear to condone some of the communist country’s anti-Catholic policies. The partnership under consideration would be a joint residential liberal arts college with Zhejiang University at the school’s new international campus in Haining, China. The college would open for the 2017-18 academic year and is projected to admit 1,000 undergraduate students,...
  • Billy Graham Had a Runny Nose

    02/24/2015 1:19:56 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | Richard Becker
    There’s a scene in Robert Duvall’s film The Apostle where the renegade evangelist, Sonny Dewey, comes upon a boat blessing ceremony on the river. “You do it your way, I’ll do it mine,” Sonny allows, acknowledging the efforts of the presiding priest, “but we get it done, don’t we?”
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Anointing of the Sick (formerly Extreme Unction)

    02/24/2015 7:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apoligetics
    The Anointing of the SickWe Find this sacrament in James 5:14 15 "If one of you is ill, he should send for the elders of the Church (So it is not every single person who is entitled to help spiritually the sick) " And they must anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him; the prayer of faith ( of course, that of the Elders) will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again. And if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven". We find also in...
  • For Coptic Christians, Threat of Martyrdom is Part of Daily Life

    02/24/2015 4:35:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis. “These 21 victims, they were not the first and they will not be the last. There is a flowing river of Christian blood in the Middle East,” said Mina Abdelmalak, one of the organizers of a D.C. candlelight prayer vigil outside the White House on Ash Wednesday. The prayer vigil commemorated the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded last...
  • Pope Francis Declares Armenian Saint Doctor of the Church

    02/23/2015 6:07:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2/23/15
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church. Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints on Saturday ahead of his departure for Aricca on Lenten retreat, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th century saint. St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek...
  • Christ Alone is the Only Way of Salvation

    02/22/2015 4:33:10 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 89 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | September 11, 2011 | J.C. Ryle
    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12J.C. Ryle,No one can be saved from sin, its guilt, power, and consequences,—excepting by Jesus Christ…No one can have peace with God the Father,—obtain pardon in this world, and escape wrath to come in the next,—excepting through the atonement and mediation of Jesus Christ.In Christ alone God’s rich provision of salvation for sinners is treasured up: by Christ alone God’s abundant mercies come down from Heaven to earth. Christ’s blood alone, can cleanse us; Christ’s righteousness...
  • What Man is This (An Easter Song)

    02/22/2015 5:15:31 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    An Easter song set to Greensleeves
  • McGivney: One Man's Dream For A New World

    02/21/2015 4:21:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://mcgivneymusical.com/ ^ | February 21, 2015
    The incredible true story of a heroic Catholic priest who battled corruption, violence, bigotry and even persecution from his own, in order to save the lives of countless women and children.
  • SF Archbishop Answers Disapproving Letter From Lawmakers

    02/20/2015 5:33:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/20/15 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers’ handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those you stand for, and who shows disrespect for you and the Democratic Party in general?” Cordileone asked the lawmakers in the letter.
  • Lawmakers to San Fran Archbishop: Drop Morality Clauses for Teachers

    02/20/2015 1:34:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/19/15 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    A group of California lawmakers asked Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco to remove "morality clauses" from a proposed contract for teachers in high schools under his jurisdiction, reported the Los Angeles Times. The new language in the contracts direct teachers in four archdiocesan high schools to avoid public statements or actions that oppose Church teaching on contraception, pre-marital sex or homosexual relationships. My story on the proposed change in contract language is here. In their letter to the archbishop, the California lawmakers argued that the morality clauses "conflict with settled areas of law and foment a discriminatory environment in...
  • Pope Holds Two Hour Meeting with Roman Clergy

    02/20/2015 10:29:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Speaks Briefly on Homiletics, Engages in Open Discussion With "His Priests"While many newspapers have reported solely on comments regarding 'married priests', there is much more to Pope Francis' address during his annual meeting with the clergy of Rome today. The Bishop of Rome spent almost two hours with hundreds of priests, speaking briefly on homiletics and the Ars celebrandi (the art of proper celebration). However, he spent most of the time engaging in an open discussion with the clergy saying: "I am more interested in your questions." The Pontiff's intentions weren't on giving a lecture, but in conversing directly with...
  • Baptist college reinstates fired VP [the Ergun Caner saga isn't over yet]

    02/20/2015 8:09:31 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    A Brewton-Parker College vice president fired Feb. 2 after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement about Ergun Caner’s Jan. 20 resignation has been reinstated. Iowa pastor Dave Miller, editor of SBC Voices, a group blog devoted to news and commentary about the Southern Baptist Convention, reported Feb. 18 that he had confirmed rumors circulating the day before that C.B. Scott was reinstated as vice president of alumni, advancement and church relations at the Baptist-affiliated school in Mount Vernon, Ga., by interim president Charlie Bass.Peter Lumpkins, vice president for communications, confirmed the information to Baptist News Global Feb. 19. Scott, a...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Invites Muslims to Join Christians in Lenten Fast

    02/20/2015 7:53:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Act of Solidarity Is Intended to Obtain Peace in Middle EastWith Ash Wednesday yesterday marking the start of Lent, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I has invited Muslims to join Christians in their Lenten fast, reported Fides. In order to obtain “as soon as possible the gift of peace, stability and a dignified lifestyle for our country and for all the Middle East,” the patriarch wrote to his “Muslim brothers and sisters” urging them to join Christians in fasting for a few days during the Lenten season. “The season of Lent,” the patriarch said in a statement, “is a propitious time...
  • Card. Napier: African Bishops Have Higher Priorities Than Communion for Divorced and Remarried

    02/20/2015 6:58:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The South-African cardinal discounted a recent report in Crux that suggested African support for allowing such couples to receive the Eucharist.ROME — A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero in on strengthening the Church with good families — before getting sidetracked on other issues, such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried couples. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was in Rome last week for a meeting of African bishops — known as the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, or SECAM — with Pope Francis. In a Feb....
  • Divinum Officium: Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned

    02/20/2015 2:37:38 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 243 replies
    Divin Office of the Holy Catholic Church ^ | Traditional Catholic Church
    From the Martyrology today we have: "At Damascus, [in the year 743,] holy Peter Mavimeno. Some Arabs came to see him while he was ill, and to them he said, " Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned, as your false prophet Mohammed is," whereupon they killed him."
  • Cardinal Kasper: Pope Francis is a ‘Radical,’ Not a ‘Liberal’

    02/19/2015 6:10:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts from a new book by Cardinal Walter Kasper on Pope Francis. Pope Francis, writes the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is a radical in the sense of emphasizing the roots of the Gospel message and the joy it brings. The Pope “does not advocate a liberal position, but a radical position” and is neither “traditionalist nor progressive.” Citing Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger, and other 19th- and 20th-century writings, Cardinal Kasper said that modern man lacks joy. The Gospel message, which brings renewal and joy, is the source from which springs “every...
  • First Catholic Church in Sinai: “Joy for the Catholics of Egypt”

    02/19/2015 6:03:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 2/18/15 | Oliver Maksan
    Up until the very last minute, work was still in progress on the interior decorations, the moulding was being fitted and the marble polished. However, by Sunday morning (15th February) it was finished: the first Catholic church in Sinai. “This is a great day of joy for Catholics in Egypt,” Coptic Catholic Bishop Makarios of Ismailia, to whose diocese Sharm El-Sheikh belongs, said at the consecration ceremony. Hundreds of hotels line the coast of the famous tourist destination known for its spectacular coral reefs. “We have a number of places of worship in Sinai,” Bishop Makarios added, “but these are...
  • Iraqi Bishop: 'We Are Hated Because We Persist in Wanting to Exist as Christians'

    02/17/2015 2:51:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 2/17/15 | Archbishop Bashar Warda
    We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we persist in demanding a basic human right.CHRISTIANITY in Iraq is going through one of its worst and hardest stages of its long history that dates back to the first century. Throughout all these long centuries, we have experienced many hardships and persecutions during which we offered caravans of martyrs. During the past year, more than 125,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their villages only because they chose to remain Christians and refused the conditions ISIS imposed on them....
  • “We Hide the Word ‘Catholic’ From Prospective Students”

    02/17/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/16/15 | Jim Infantine
    A New Jesuit Approach to Higher Education?Gonzaga University graduate Autumn Jones asks a provocative question in a December 30 piece for The Atlantic, “The New Brand of Jesuit Universities.” Jones chronicles a rebranding effort by Jesuit universities across the country, and considers “whether this rebranding attenuates the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.” In search of an answer, Jones solicits comments from Jesuit faculty members, students, and administrators. Running throughout the piece is a straw man argument, expressed by some interviewees, namely: Catholic universities can either “fall in line” with the Church, or they can be “places where young adults...
  • Why So Many Seminarians Come From So Few Parishes

    02/16/2015 6:28:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Universe Bulletin ^ | 2/13/15 | Fr. Damian J. Ference
    Here at Borromeo Seminary, we have set a goal to find at least 12 new men in the diocese of Cleveland to join our community of disciples every year. So far we have accepted three new men for the 2015-2016 academic year, and all three of these new candidates have something in common. They all come from parishes that already have at least one seminarian – St. Mary (Hudson), St. Adalbert (Berea) and Immaculate Heart of Mary (Cuyahoga Falls). And don’t think for one minute that it’s a coincidence. If you take a good long look at the poster that...
  • US Cardinal [DiNardo] Voices Doubts on Vatican Reform, Communion for Divorced

    02/15/2015 10:09:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/14/15 | Micheal O' Loughlin
    ROME — A US cardinal said he has some unanswered questions about the practicality of proposed reforms in the Roman Curia, the Vatican’s main administrative bureaucracy, although he praised efforts to clean up Vatican finances and to combat clergy sexual abuse. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, also told Crux in a wide-ranging interview on Saturday that he’s skeptical about proposals to allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. That’s especially significant since DiNardo, vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was recently elected by US bishops as one of four US delegates to an October...
  • Did Jesus’ Apostles Get What They Expected?

    02/15/2015 6:40:00 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 2/15/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
     How Did James & John Envision Jesus' Kingdom?  They Asked to Sit at His Right & Left Hand; the Other Ten Were Indignant.  What Was This Kingdom They Thought They Would Rule?  What Eventually Became of Them All?  The Apostles Believed that Jesus Would Restore the Kingdom of David, Which Was at Its Greatest Extent and Stability in the Time of his son Solomon.  But Jesus's Apostles Spread His Kingdom Worldwide, Far Beyond the Greatest Extent of Israel's Empire.  The Apostles Never Could Have Imagined Their Eventual Fates.  The Apostles "Get Down to Business", Trying to Establish the Pecking Order...
  • Cardinal Wuerl’s Response to Burke (and Dissenters)

    02/15/2015 6:38:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 2/14/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    On his blog the Archbishop of Washington talks about the criticisms directed at Francis and recalls the opposition toward his predecessors: “They disagree with the Pope because he does not agree with them and therefore follow their position”“One of the things I have learned though over all of these years since those early naďve days in 1961 is that on closer examination there is a common thread that runs through all of these dissenters. They disagree with the Pope because he does not agree with them and therefore follow their position.” This is the conclusion the Archbishop of Washington Cardinal...
  • Christ in Colossians - Chapter 1

    02/15/2015 5:50:48 AM PST · by metmom · 19 replies
    All in All ^ | A.B. Simpson
    "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" (Col. 1:18). "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3: 2). Each of Paul's epistles has an expression peculiar to itself. The Thessalonian epistles are characterized by the advent tinge, and shine with the glory of the second coming. Ephesians is the epistle of the "heavenly places"; Philippians of the sweetness of the Christian temper; and Colossians is the portrait of Jesus, and its keynote is...
  • Consistory : Cardinals from the peripheries (Catholic Caucus)

    02/14/2015 2:06:34 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 14, 2015
    (Vatican Radio)  Among the 20 new cardinals created by Pope Francis Saturday are men drawn from churches on the peripheries of the ecclesial and geographical world. The director of Vatican Radio English section, Sean Patrick Lovett, takes a closer look at some of the newest members of the College of Cardinals: Just how far do the peripheries of the Church extend? For an answer, you could go to Google maps or get out your world atlas. Or you could simply look at the countries from which the 20 new cardinals come, and see for yourself: from Mozambique to Mexico, from Thailand to...
  • Open letter from ELCA Bishop to LGBT Community

    02/13/2015 8:06:03 PM PST · by lightman · 60 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 12 February AD 2015 | Michael Rinehart
    Dear friends, You are welcome in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are a church that believes it is wrong to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation. All are welcome. We celebrate diversity. While Lutherans in the U.S. are not of one mind about sexual orientation, the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in North America, has taken a stand as an open, affirming church where all are welcome. I recognize that some of you have been wounded by churches. On behalf of the church, I apologize for the hurtful comments, exclusion, and discrimination you have...
  • Parishioners See System of Secrets Set Up to Foil Appeals of Church Closings

    02/13/2015 6:18:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The New York Times via Crux ^ | 2/13/15 | Sharon Otterman
    NEW YORK — For aggrieved parishioners at churches ordered closed or merged by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan last November, it seemed like a simple task: Get a copy of the formal decree of his decision on their parishes, so they could properly appeal to the Vatican. So across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, they began calling and writing letters to Dolan and his senior aides, asking for the decrees. Some seven weeks later, a definitive answer came back: No, they could not have copies. But archdiocesan officials said they would allow parishioners to view the documents — under...
  • A Polite Vote to Vanquish the Devil

    02/13/2015 6:12:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/13/15 | John Bingham
    Church of England makes Satan optional as new pacifist baptism service also removes words such as “fight” because of violent overtones The Book of Revelation speaks of the Devil being vanquished and cast into a pit of fire and brimstone at the end of the world. But the Church of England has consigned Satan to a decidedly less dramatic fate – being quietly designated as an optional extra. Instead of requiring an apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil, the move was approved in a polite show of hands at the Church’s decision making body, the General Synod,...
  • German Bishops’ Conference’s Dance With the Material World

    02/13/2015 6:18:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register | 2/12/15 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Critics of the German bishops’ conference contend that the entity has become more of a temporal power than a spiritual one.BERLIN — When the European Union issued a directive in January mandating the morning-after pill to be available over the counter in all member states, the Polish bishops issued a strong statement calling its use a “grave sin” and the EU directive a violation of Polish criminal law. By contrast, the Catholic bishops of Germany were largely silent. Asked for their reaction to the directive, Matthias Kopp, spokesman for the German bishops’ conference, told the Register Jan. 26...
  • "The Church That Fills Me With Hope for Europe"

    02/13/2015 6:06:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/12/15 | Cardinal George Pell
    The exterior of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona is a bit loopy, but the interior is so awe-inspiring that it could win over future generations to ChristianityI went to Barcelona by chance. My brother’s wife and daughters had been delighted by this elegant city in northern Spain and especially by the basilica of the Holy Family. They convinced my brother that he too needed to see the city and he asked me to join him on a visit. Naturally I knew of the church and of Pope Benedict’s enthusiasm for it. One of the architects of the new Benedict XVI...
  • Episode 29: Christian vs. Mormon view of the Atonement ['Walk with us through our faith transition']

    02/12/2015 3:32:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    AnotherMormonPodcast.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Sarah
    On this episode, Richard, Sarah, and Jordan discuss different theories of the atonement, comparing mainstream Christian views to the Mormon view.
  • NLRB Makes Inroads at Catholic Colleges

    02/12/2015 2:32:12 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 12, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    The federal government is stepping into the void of decades of inattentiveness to religious identity at several Catholic colleges. The chapel at St. Mary's College of California in Moraga is seen in a 2009 photo. (CNS photo/courtesy St. Mary's College of California) While many Catholics have been concerned for decades about professors at Catholic colleges denying core Church teachings on theological issues, as well as about disputes over women’s ordination, same-sex marriage, and abortion on Catholic campuses, few Catholic college leaders have been willing to enforce the requirements of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which mandates that Catholic college faculty teach in...
  • Key African Prelate Backs Communion for Divorced, Remarried

    02/12/2015 9:20:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/11/15 | John L. Allen Jr
    ROME — A key African participant in October’s looming Synod of Bishops on the family said Tuesday he’s open to allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, belying impressions of a uniformly hostile African stance toward change on such matters. Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, said in a Crux interview that he supports allowing local bishops to make those decisions on a case-by-case basis, and also believes that’s the result Pope Francis wants from the October summit. Palmer-Buckle, 64, is one of four executive officers for the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the...
  • Iraqi-born US Priest Who Was Kidnapped There Returns as a Bishop

    02/11/2015 9:42:17 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Mother of God Church in Southfield, Michigan Two Iraqi-born Catholic priests who have been serving in the United States have returned to Baghdad to become bishops. One of them, who had once been kidnapped and beaten there by anti-Christian extremists, will be remaining in his native—and troubled—land. Father Basel Yaldo, 44, a Chaldean Catholic priest who has been serving at Mother of God Church in Southfield, Michigan, and Chorbishop Emanuel Shaleta, pastor of St. George's parish in Shelby Township, both suburbs of Detroit, were ordained to the episcopate February 6 in Baghdad. Bishop Yaldo will serve as auxiliary bishop of...
  • A Monsignor Sobbed, then Silence Fell: an Eyewitness Account of Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation

    02/11/2015 6:22:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/11/15 | Archbishop Leo Cushley
    This is what it was like to witness the moment Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 yearsFebruary 11 is a holiday in the Vatican. It is the day when the Holy See celebrates the settlement in 1929 of the so-called “Roman Question”, the resolution of the 59-year stand-off between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See after the fall of Rome in 1870 to the Kingdom’s troops and the effective end of the ancient Papal States in central Italy. By chance it was also the day Pope Benedict XVI chose to resign. The date had...
  • Vatican May be Asked to Revoke Papal Bulls that Granted Explorers Right to Conquer New World..

    02/11/2015 6:17:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 75 replies
    National Post ^ | 2/10/15 | Canadian Press
    Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is weighing whether to ask the Vatican to repeal the Papal Bulls of Discovery that granted 15th-century explorers the right to conquer the New World and the “heathen” aboriginals that called it home. Chair Murray Sinclair says the commission examining the impact of Canada’s Indian residential schools is looking carefully at the 1455 and 1493 Catholic edicts as part of its final report. Many argue the proclamations legitimized the treatment of aboriginal people as “less than human.” Crown sovereignty in Canada can be traced back to those papal bulls and neither Canada nor the United...